Abhishek sends legal notice to Mukul for making 'false' statements

TMC calls former leader 'traitor', MLA challenges him to contest civic poll
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13 Nov 2017

Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee today sent a legal notice to Mukul Roy, who quit the TMC to join the BJP, claiming that the veteran politician had made "false" statements against him and demanding an apology from him within 48 hours.

The notice, which was sent to the BJP's West Bengal unit headquarters here, demanded that Roy desist from making or circulating any defamatory comment. It claimed that Roy's statements with regard to the ownership of the "Bishwa Bangla" logo and "Jago Bangla" newspaper were "false" and sought an unconditional apology from the former Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader within 48 hours. Banerjee also threatened to file civil and criminal defamation suits if the same was not done. Claiming that Roy had made "malicious and defamatory statements" against Banerjee at a public rally on November 10, his counsel Sanjay Basu said in the notice that the allegations were "deliberately sensationalised to defame our client". "In the event the aforesaid action as called upon in the instant letter is not taken, within the period mentioned, our client would be constrained to initiate strong action, both civil and criminal, against you," the notice said.

Banerjee is a Lok Sabha MP of the TMC and the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee. Roy is a former TMC general secretary. He was once a close lieutenant of the chief minister and considered to be the second-in-command in the TMC, before he fell out with her. Roy, during his first appearance at a public meeting after joining the BJP, had made certain claims over the ownership of the "Bishwa Bangla" logo and "Jago Bangla" newspaper, which were denied by the TMC as well as the West Bengal government. The TMC today lashed out at newly joined the BJP leader calling him a "traitor" in Bengal politics and said those who have joined the saffron party have compromised with the secular ideology and betrayed the people of the state.

The TMC youth wing had organized a rally here during the day to protest against demonetisation. The event, which was organised at the same venue where Roy had held a rally on November 10 and hit out at TMC, turned out to be a platform to criticise him and his "political opportunism". "Mukul Roy is a traitor who has not only betrayed the people of the state but also the party. He (Roy) is saying that he has his men in all the 77,000 booths of the state. I challenge him to contest a municipal election I can assure all of you that he will be defeated," TMC MLA Arjun Singh told the rally. Minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya said the people of the state are very well aware of facts and can easily identify a "political opportunist" who has changed sides for his own political interest. State urban development minister Firhad Hakim said those who have joined BJP to defeat the ideals of TMC have compromised with the secular ideology and betrayed with the people of the state.